With overcrowding easing at North Hawaii Community Hospital’s Family Birthing Unit, the hospital’s Waimea Women’s Center is now accepting island-wide maternal care patients on a space available basis.
The Waimea Women’s Center has the capacity to accept 40 maternal care patients each month.
NHCH’s maternal care patient projections have eased, and this adjustment allows the hospital more flexibility to admit maternal care patients from outside the hospital’s defined service area.
“These updated projections allow us to modify our admissions and provide service to those seeking our high quality, high touch maternal health care island wide,” NHCH Interim CEO Lowell Johnson said.
Effective April 2, 40 maternal care patients per month will be accepted based on patient due dates; NHCH will continue to give preference to maternal care patients from within its service area and will now accept maternal care patients from outside its service area on a space available basis.
NHCH’s overall hospital service area is defined by the Hawaii County Emergency Medical Response zone, which is the area north of a line roughly running from Laupahoehoe on the Hamakua coast across the Saddle to Kukio in North Kona and includes: Puuwaawaa Ranch, Puulani, Puako, Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea, Waikii Ranch, Pohakuloa Training Camp, Hawi, Kamuela, Honokaa and Laupahoehoe.
The hospital’s internal Maternal Health Task Force evaluated capacity, safety, patient satisfaction, and financial and resource implications and made recommendations that led NHCH Administration to update its maternal care admissions policy.
For further information, call NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center at 885-9606.